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A new research chair in turfgrass is being established at the
Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, Agriculture and
Marketing Minister Ed Lorraine announced today.

The college and the Atlantic Turf Research Foundation have each
committed $105,000 to fund the research chair over the next three

Doug Cattani, who worked in the turfgrass research program at the
University of Manitoba, will lead the project. He will work
closely with the turf industry to identify its needs, evaluate
and prioritize research and development proposals, and direct
applied research. Research will be conducted in the agricultural
college's department of plant science in Truro.

"Today's announcement is a big boost to the turfgrass industry in
Atlantic Canada," said Mr. Lorraine. "By combining government and
industry resources with those at the college, we can successfully
address the needs of the turfgrass industry and continue to
diversify the agri-business sector of the economy."  

Similar partnerships recently announced at the Nova Scotia
Agricultural College include a research chair in blueberries with
the Wild Blueberry Producers of Nova Scotia and a research chair
in carrots with Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd.

"This is another example of how partnership arrangements with
industry have enabled us to assemble the resources to address
emerging research needs," said Garth Coffin, principal of the
Nova Scotia Agricultural College.

"With the increasing popularity of golf as an activity for
Atlantic Canadians, and the importance of good landscaping and
other uses of turfgrass, there will be a growing number of
problems to be confronted through research," he said. "We are
delighted to have Doug Cattani on board to address them."


Contact: Stephanie Brown
         Agriculture and Marketing

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